Quorn - A Glimpse into the Past

4.7 out of 5 stars


43 mins

1.2 km

By Sue Templeman

Quorn is a popular Leicestershire village with beautiful sights such as the meandering River Soar, unspoilt granite cottages and the world-famous Great Central Railway trains, steaming through on their way to nearby Leicester or Loughborough. Today we will explore the history of this remarkable village including pubs, people, occupations and the unusual mix of rural and industrial influences which make the history of Quorn so fascinating. Together we will get under the skin of people who lived here generations ago, and lose ourselves in the Quorn of days gone by. So download the tour now and prepare to be amazed!

17 stops

43 mins

1.2 km





Stafford Orchard

  • 1
    Quorndon Fox
    Learn the story behind the village’s name and the varied history of the Quorndon Fox
  • 2
    Outside Rawlins School
    Find out where the school gets its name from and why the school badge used to be a tortoise!
  • 3
    The Banks
    Little cottages that once stood on The Banks, used to house some of Quorn’s poorest residents.
  • 4
    Alleyway by 29 High Street
    The history of ordinary buildings like 29 High Street give an insight into everyday village life.
  • 5
    Church View Gardens
    The ancient St Bartholomew’s Church contains one of the few remaining closed family chapels.
  • 6
    Quorn Cross
    Quorn Cross, the centre of village activity - but what was it like 100 years ago?
  • 7
    The White Horse
    The White Horse was another old coaching inn on the turnpike, but what else was it used for?
  • 8
    Memorial Gardens
    Learn about this special landmark and why Quorn is in the heart of many American soldiers.
  • 9
    Wright’s Mill
    Wrights have been in Quorn since 1870 and have had a major influence on the village’s development.
  • 10
    Corner of School Lane
    The corner of School Lane is a good vantage point to see several items of historical interest.
  • 11
    Stafford Orchard park gates, School Lane
    Stafford Orchard wasn’t always a lovely park - Discover the history of this piece of land.
  • 12
    Old Primary School
    Discover the history behind Quorn’s old primary school.
  • 13
    Stafford Orchard gates, Station Road
    See where one headmaster of Quorn Junior School lived and why he deserved a long service medal!
  • 14
    Outside Bradley’s, Station Road
    Find out where Quorn locked up its criminals, and why on earth is this called Station Road?
  • 15
    The post box outside the Post Office
    Just imagine what this area would have looked like before cars and the 1960s shops...
  • 16
    In front of The Monk restaurant
    Who lived in this thatched cottage? And how has the surrounding area changed?
  • 17
    Quorn Cross, Millennium Map
    The historical Millennium Map on Quorn Cross includes many of the things you have seen today.


4.7 out of 5 stars
7 reviews
26 Jul 2023
5 out of 5 stars

Brilliant thank you. I grew up in Quorn in 1960s. My father was Mr Whall and we lived above his shop, Quorn Hardware, 10 Leicester Road. So many happy memories of growing up in such a wonderful village.

Dave Palmer
29 Oct 2021
4 out of 5 stars

Paul Watson
22 Mar 2021
5 out of 5 stars

Fascinating way to enhance a walk around the village - makes you want more - recommend to all . Paul & Jo

Dennis Marchant
25 Feb 2020
5 out of 5 stars

Was a great tour anyway Sue but having the 360 VR download option makes it even better.

Brett Harding
18 Jun 2018
5 out of 5 stars

An outstanding trip back to the past.

Andrew Willis
16 Jun 2018
5 out of 5 stars

Ashley Bartlett
16 Jun 2018
4 out of 5 stars

A really enjoyable and informative tour and accessible to all. Many thanks.

Samantha Chapman
14 Jun 2018
5 out of 5 stars

Fabulous tour, allowing me to get completely absorbed in the history of a beautiful town.

Sarah Edwards
11 Jun 2018
5 out of 5 stars

Sue is a true story teller and transports you back through the ages. An interesting tour that despite me not originating from Quorn made me feel proud to now be a part of Quorn and it’s history.

Geraldine Marchant
10 Jun 2018
4 out of 5 stars

Quorn - A Glimpse into the Past

4.7 out of 5 stars